Chapter 8: Tongue Tips for Trumpet

While thou livest, keep a good tongue in thy head. ~William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Chapter 8: Tongue Tips for Trumpet

This Chapter Covers:

  • Why tongue?
  • Basic tonguing,
  • double tonguing,
  • triple tonguing.

Terms to Know:

  • articulation: The use of the tongue in a wind instrument to separate notes in various ways.
  • legato: Smooth, connected notes. In written music, the legato mark is shown with a small horizontal line ( _ ) beneath the notes.
  • marcato: Means “marked.” With more separation than legato, as in a Sousa march.
  • staccato: Short and detached. Shown by a dot ( . ) above or below the note head.
  • dorsal tonguing: A style of tonguing in which the middle of the tongue strikes the roof of the mouth (say goo-goo-goo and you’ve done it 3 times. Type of tonguing used in very high playing.
  • double tonguing: Using the “t” and “k” tongue positions to articulate music that is too fast for single-tonguing (using just the “t”).
  • triple tonguing: Also uses the “t” and “k” sounds but in groups of three (tkt ktk/ttk/tkt).

Chapter 8 Resources:

Music Notation Examples (click for larger image)

  • Examples 8.1 and 8.2: Basic Tonguing Exercises

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  • Example 8.3: Tongue position and range

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  • Example 8.4: Basic Double-Tonguing Exercise (“k” syllable only)

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  • Example 8.5: Alternate “k” and “t” syllables

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  • Example 8.5b: Basic Triple-Tonguing Exercises

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  • Example 8.5c: More Basic Triple-Tonguing

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  • Example 8.6: Multiple-Tonguing While Changing Notes

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Other Resources:

My free video lessons:



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